'Madame Cezanne' to Stay at the Met, Over Heir's Protest

23 Sep 2011 5:46 PM | Anonymous

'Madame Cezanne' to Stay at the Met, Over Heir's Protest
By ADAM KLASFELD Courthouse News 9/23/11
     MANHATTAN (CN) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art can keep a famous Cezanne painting from a collector who claimed that the Bolsheviks seized it from his great-grandfather nearly a century ago, a federal judge ruled.

     Pierre Konowaloff claims to be the sole heir of Ivan Morozov, whom he described as a "wealthy Moscow textile merchant" with an extensive collection of modern art.

     Morozov purportedly acquired Cezanne's "Madame Cezanne in the Conservatory," or "Portrait of Madame Cezanne," about six years before the March 1917 revolution in Russia. The uprising led to the overthrow of Nicholas II and the installation of a provisional government that was briefly recognized by the U.S. government.


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